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Activist jailed over farm letters
Darley Oaks farm
Darley Oaks farm was targeted by activists
An animal rights extremist who sent threatening letters to the owners of a guinea pig breeding business has been jailed for two years.

Madeline Buckler, 24, targeted Darley Oaks Farm in Newchurch, Staffordshire, in November 2005.

The grave of a grandmother, Gladys Hammond, was dug up by activists during a six-year campaign levelled at the Hall family at the farm.

Buckler, originally from Wolverhampton, has since moved to Manchester.

Buckler admitted intimidation of people connected with an animal research organisation earlier this month.

She was sentenced at Leicester Crown Court on Friday.

Body remains stolen

The charge was introduced under the Serious and Organised Crime Act 2005.

When she was arrested, Buckler was living in Leicester Street, Wolverhampton, but has since moved to Levenshulme in Manchester.

She is the girlfriend of John Smith, who was jailed for 12 years for his role in a campaign against the Halls.

Smith, 39, from Wolverhampton, was one of four activists who were given prison sentences in May.

Jon Ablewhite, 36, of Manchester, and Kerry Whitburn, 36, from Edgbaston, Birmingham, also received 12-year sentences for conspiracy to blackmail.

Josephine Mayo, 38, of Edgbaston, was jailed for four years.

Mrs Hammond's remains were stolen in October 2004 from St Peter's churchyard in Yoxall.

She was reburied in her original grave following a church service for family and friends in May.

Her remains were discovered on Cannock Chase after one of the jailed activists tipped off police.

The Halls closed the guinea pig breeding business in January.




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